Post 200 The guide to the region's top businesses

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The Post 200 is an annual snapshot of the companies, law firms, nonprofits and other organizations that power our local economy. Here's a look at this year's list.

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Safeway employee Jeff Ordanes stocks produce at a Safeway store. (Bloomberg)

Major employers

3. Safeway

In the Washington region, Safeway opened one store (Olney) and shuttered two (Bowie and Hyattsville). Two other local outposts — Mount Vernon and the District’s Petworth neighborhood — are undergoing renovation. Elsewhere in the United States, Safeway decided to pull out of the Philadelphia market, selling all of its Genuardi’s supermarkets to competitor Giant Food. This summer, the grocery chain rolled out a personalized pricing system offering customers discounts that are tailored to their shopping habits, which are tracked through its loyalty card program.


Safeway established a prepaid and gift card business called Blackhawk Network in 2001. The company is planning an IPO in 2013 for a minority stake in that business.


Founded: 1926

Chairman, president and CEO: Steven A. Burd

Employees (local): 178000 (9432)

NOTE: Our methodology for the rankings.
DATE: Dec. 17, 2012
CREDIT: Dan Beyers, Sarah Halzack, Greg Linch, Jason Bartz - The Washington Post.